US President Joe Biden told reporters he was very "concerned" Thursday about the leak of classified US documents, but appeared to dismiss any immediate risk. "There is an ongoing investigation" which appears to be nearing completion, he added. The US Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation after the documents leaked online, which detail Washington's views on the war in Ukraine and appear to indicate intelligence gathering on close US allies.
The Pentagon deemed the disclosure a "very serious risk" to US national security. The authenticity of these photographs, which circulate on various Internet sites, has nevertheless still not been publicly confirmed by the authorities, nor could it be independently established. According to the Washington Post, the leak is the work of a young man who worked on a military base and who shared his information on a private online group.
Going by the pseudonym "OG", he has for months regularly published hundreds of pages copied from documents at the military base where he works, the newspaper said, adding that the interviewee refused to specify from which base he was. acted.
The documents posted online reveal US intelligence concerns about the viability of a Ukrainian counteroffensive against Russian forces, due to training and supply issues. A document reviewed by AFP outlines US concerns over Ukraine's ability to continue to defend against Russian strikes.